James Bond
Ian Fleming
Donated by the Fleming family

- The Complete Works of Ian Fleming. 18 volumes. One of 56 lettered
sets, 26 lettered according to the alphabet, and 30 lettered according to the cyrillic alphabet (this set Russian letter M). Queen Anne Press 2008

8vo.each volume in special pictorial bindings by Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe in dark blue morocco onlaid with various coloured designs,
each volume according to theme (Casino Royale with playing cards,
Goldfinger with golf green and Rolls Royce, On Her Majesty's Secret
Service with ski tracks, the spine of Diamonds are Forever
incorporating a diamond), hand-sewn head and tail-bands, all edges
gilt, handmade watermarked endpapers, the text designed and set by
Libanus Press, each volume in blue cloth slipcase lettered in gilt, the set preserved in black cloth presentation box with the Fleming crest in gilt on the lid.
The edition comprises the twelve James Bond novels, Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, From Russia With Love etc. and the two volumes of Bond short stories, For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy, as well as a non-fictional account of the diamond trade, The Diamond Smugglers, a book of travel journalism, Thrilling Cities, and the children's book, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. This collected edition - the first to bring all Fleming's published books together - adds Talk of the Devil, a new book of articles and other writing.

Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming (1908-1964)
James Bond first appeared in Casino Royale, published by Jonathan Cape, in 1953. Ian Fleming's first book was the product of his exceptional creative imagination and his experience at the heart of Naval Intelligence in World War 2. Fleming, born in 1908, was 43 when he wrote the opening words: "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning." He was to live just 12 more years, writing a Bond novel for each of those years. From the end of the war he was employed by the Sunday Times (part of Kemsley Newspapers), first as foreign manager and then as columnist and reporter. This complete edition of his works brings together for the first time his writing both as a novelist and as a journalist. In 1962,Dr No, the first James Bond film was released and, fifty years on, James Bond has become a character recognised and loved the world over,a cultural legend like no other. The Complete Works celebrates the literary origin of Her Majesty's best known secret agent.
The letter 'M' has particular resonance in the world of agent 007 because of the importance of 'M', Bond's chief who despatches him on assignments. Admiral Sir Miles Messervy ('M') was based, in large part, on Rear-Admiral John Godfrey, Fleming's boss at the Admiralty.
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All proceeds from the sale of this lot will be donated to Parkinson's UK.

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